Quick Takes: Guidelines for New U.S. Grant Program, Notre Dame Allows 'Monologues,' New Round of 'Million Dollar Professors,' Career Education and the SEC, American Scientist Ousted From Korean University Presidency

April 6, 2006
  • The U.S. Education Department has issued a letter that provides further information about the two new grant programs created as part of the Higher Education Reconciliation Act this winter: the Academic Competitiveness Grant and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Programs.
  • The University of Notre Dame will allow productions of The Vagina Monologues to take place on campus, but will insist on other measures to promote Roman Catholic teachings on sexuality, the university announced Wednesday. Notre Dame has been debating how it can uphold those teachings while allowing artistic productions that offer different views. The Rev. John I. Jenkins, the new president at Notre Dame, issued the statement with his views on how to support "academic freedom and Catholic character."
  • The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has named a new round of "million dollar professors," who will receive $1 million for projects related to improving science education. The program is based on the belief that giving larger grants for science education, the foundation can help reformers gain clout within their institutions to carry out reforms.
  • Career Education Corp. is on a roll: For the third time in three weeks, it has announced a legal or regulatory victory. The company said Wednesday that staff members in the Midwest office of the Securities and Exchange Commission had recommended that the agency end its investigation of the company and take no actions against it. The commission itself has not made such a decision, though, and could reject the staff's recommendation, the company said. SEC officials could not be reached for comment. The for-profit education company, which has faced multiple regulatory and legal challenges, still has several pending.
  • Robert B. Laughlin, a prominent Stanford University physicist who was hired in 2004 to transform the Korean Institute of Science and Technology into a world-class institution, is headed back to Palo Alto, The San Jose Mercury News reported. Laughlin had been pushing a series of reform measures, but the ideas offended many long-time faculty members at the South Korean institution.
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